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Brunswick gets fill of North's Rice

January 29, 2002

Brunswick gets fill of North's Rice



By BOB PARASILITI
bobp@herald-mail.com

BRUNSWICK (63)

Ault 9, Hueston 7, Dykes 14, Custer 2, Brown 7, Feldman 9, Maught 12, Blumenauer 3. Totals 23 12-21 63.

NORTH HAGERSTOWN (74)

Rice 26, Harris 9, Salvagno 4, Carey 11, Green 15, Branch 2, Reed 7. Totals 32 8-16 74.

Brunswick18191313 -63

N. Hagerstown23142313-74

Three-point goals - Brunswick 5 (Ault 3, Hueston, Feldman), North Hagerstown 2 (Rice 2).



The Brunswick basketball team had one of those games where it lost but it was hungry to play again an hour later.

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That's because the Railroaders got a belly full of Rice on Monday.

Scott Rice bolstered the North Hagerstown's second-half surge with 16 of his 26 points and a total of 19 rebounds to help the Hubs ward off pesky Brunswick 74-63 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

Rice keyed a key nine-point run - on three 3-point trips down the court - early in the third quarter and then settled in as North remedied its leaky defense in the first half to smother the smaller Railroaders on the boards.

"He's a heck of a player," Brunswick coach Jim Sklencar said. "It wasn't a surprise to us. We expected him to play well and to do some great things."

Rice got better as the game went on as the Hubs (13-3, 10-2) avenged Dec. 14's 75-68 loss at Brunswick.

While Rice's shooting was off, the 6-foot-4 senior made up for it with weakside rebounding in the first half. Brunswick got many clear runs at the basket and either scored or miss long with Rice usually getting the rebound.

Brunswick (10-6, 9-4) scrapped and battled to get a 37-37 tie at the intermission on pure hustle and execution.

The second half was different, eventually.

The Railroaders jumped out to a 44-41 lead to open the second half, keyed by a three-point run by Matt Maught. Then, the rest of Rice's game came together.

He hit a 3-pointer from the right baseline to tie the game at 44-44 at the 5-minute mark. He tipped the ball free while running to his position on the North's press, resulting in a layup and subsequent foul shot by Tavis Green just seven seconds later.

Rice finished the flurry with another 3 out of the left corner 42 seconds after the first to give the Hubs a 50-44 lead they never relinquished.

"He makes big plays," North coach Tim McNamee said. "When he isn't shooting well, he does other things to make big plays. He hit the big shots when he had to. In the first half, we weren't getting up on them quick enough. We played better defense in the second half."

After getting the lead, Rice and Clif Carey began working the ball up the floor and dishing off passes to try and choke the clock. Green finished with 15 points while Carey had 11 with four steals and five assists. Brandon Dykes led Brunswick with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

"I'm happy with the way we played," Sklencar said. "We played hard with a really good team. If we had made a couple more baskets and our foul shots, we could have been there in the end. I'm not going to say we'd have won, but we could have taken it to the wire."

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